Car Definition

Define what is Car?

1. auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine (noun)

a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine.

  • he needs a car to get to work.

automotive vehicle, motor vehicle noun
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails.


ambulance noun
a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals.

beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, Wagon noun
a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat.

jalopy, heap, bus noun
a car that is old and unreliable.

taxi, taxicab, cab, hack noun
a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money.

compact car, compact noun
a small and economical car.

convertible noun
a car that has top that can be folded or removed.

coupe noun
a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment.

cruiser, patrol car, police car, police cruiser, prowl car, squad car noun
a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters.

electric, electric automobile, electric car noun
a car that is powered by electricity.

gas guzzler noun
a car with relatively low fuel efficiency.

hardtop noun
a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top.

hatchback noun
a car having a hatchback door.

horseless carriage noun
an early term for an automobile.

hot-rod, hot rod noun
a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration.

jeep, landrover noun
a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain.

limo, limousine noun
large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur.

loaner noun
a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair.

minicar noun
a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car.

minivan noun
a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car.

Model T noun
the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927.

pace car noun
a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course.

race car, racing car, racer noun
a fast car that competes in races.

roadster, runabout, two-seater noun
an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat.

sedan, saloon noun
a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors.

sport car, sports car noun
a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons.

S.U.V., sport utility, sport utility vehicle, SUV noun
a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis.

Stanley Steamer noun
a steam-powered automobile.

stock car noun
a car kept in dealers' stock for regular sales.

subcompact, subcompact car noun
a car smaller than a compact car.

phaeton, touring car, tourer noun
large open car seating four with folding top.

secondhand car, used-car noun
a car that has been previously owned; not a new car.

2. railcar, railroad car, railway car, car (noun)

a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad.

  • three cars had jumped the rails.

wheeled vehicle noun
a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people.


baggage car, luggage van noun
a railway car where passengers' bags are carried.

cabin car, caboose noun
a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train.

club car, lounge car noun
railroad car having a bar and tables and lounge chairs.

freight car noun
a railway car that carries freight.

guard's van noun
the car on a train that is occupied by the guard.

handcar noun
a small railroad car propelled by hand or by a small motor.

mail car noun
a railway car in which mail is transported and sorted.

carriage, passenger car, coach noun
a railcar where passengers ride.

slip carriage, slip coach noun
a railway car at the end of the train; it can be detached without stopping the train.

tender noun
car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water.

van noun
(Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight.

3. car, gondola (noun)

the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant.

    Synonyms: gondola

    compartment noun
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area.

    4. elevator car, car (noun)

    where passengers ride up and down.

    • the car was on the top floor.
    Synonyms: elevator car

    compartment noun
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area.

    5. cable car, car (noun)

    a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway.

    • they took a cable car to the top of the mountain.
    Synonyms: cable car

    compartment noun
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area.

    Nearby Terms

    car battery (noun)
    a lead-acid storage battery in a motor vehicle; usually a 12-volt battery of six cells; the heart of the car's electrical system

    car bomb (noun)
    a bomb placed in a car and wired to explode when the ignition is started or by remote control or by a timing device

    car boot sale (noun)
    an outdoor sale at which people sell things from the trunk of their car

    car care (noun)
    keeping a car in good working order

    car carrier (noun)
    a trailer that can be loaded with new cars for delivery to sales agencies

    car company (noun)
    a company that makes and sells automobiles

    car dealer (noun)
    a firm that sells and buys cars

    car door (noun)
    the door of a car

    car factory (noun)
    a factory where automobiles are manufactured

    car horn (noun)
    a device on an automobile for making a warning noise

    car insurance (noun)
    insurance against loss due to theft or traffic accidents

    car loan (noun)
    a personal loan to purchase an automobile

    car maker (noun)
    a business engaged in the manufacture of automobiles

    car manufacturer (noun)
    a business engaged in the manufacture of automobiles

    car mirror (noun)
    a mirror that the driver of a car can use